What's on in Gisborne?

VOYAGERS: Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief executive Bernadette Cavanagh has announced the core vessels that will be part of the Tuia - Encounters 250 flotilla — two waka hourua (double-hulled canoes), a va’a moana from Tahiti, two European heritage ships (including an Endeavour replica) and one youth ship. Images supplied

Saturday, October 5

Gisborne Harbour Market. Come along for some bargains. Behind the Courthouse on Reads Quay, 7am set-up, start 8am, finish 2pm, $10 car/stall. Car/stall inquiries; Gisborne Host Lions Club: Charlotte 021 141 8754, Malcolm 027 568 9929.

Gisborne parkrun. A 5km run/walk. Meet: Waikanae Beach Playground, Grey St, 7.45am. Kid, dog and pram-friendly. See http://www.parkrun.co.nz/gisborne/

Poverty Bay Hunt Sports. Showjumping/hunter, RTR, cowboy challenge, pony/hack flat classes, novelty and intermediate sections. Back paddock A&P Showgrounds, Parker Lane entrance, 8.30am-4pm, spectators free. To enter: $2-$4/class, email pbhuntsports@gmail.com

Tuia 250: Te Moananui Arrival and Pohiri. Join Turanga iwi in a mass pohiri as they welcome the waka voyagers. Te Waiohiharore (The Cut) and Oneroa Walkway, beach end of Customhouse St to Midway Beach. Arrival; 9am-11am, pohiri; 11am-midday, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tairawhiti Coffin Club. Design your own personalised coffin; constructed by a joiner, fitted out and decorated by you. BCR Joinery, 522 Gladstone Rd, 9am-midday.

Tairawhiti Menzshed. Pop in for a cuppa, or work in a fully equipped workspace with woodwork/carpentry tools on community or personal projects. Tairawhiti Menzshed, cnr Parkinson & Innes St, 9am-3pm. Details: See Facebook, or ph/txt James 022 465 0396.

Good Folk Dance. Folk dance for fitness or fun. No experience, skill or partner required. St Andrew’s Church Hall, 176 Cobden St, midday-5pm, $5 cash-only door sales. Bring a plate of food to share.

Up, Up and Away! Manu Aute Kite Day. The Eastland Community Trust-sponsored family-friendly event, with a line-up of local and global talent, incl Anika Moa. Gisborne Soundshell, Centennial Marine Dr, midday-5pm, free, tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz

Tennis for players of all skill levels. Ormond Tennis Club, Hill Rd, Ormond, 2-4pm, ph 862 5741 or 862 5856.

Heartland Championship Rugby, Poverty Bay vs East Coast. Rugby Park, Gisborne, 2.30pm, $5A, kids free. $10 hangi.

Musica Viva Concert. Yen-Ting Wang and Tony Chen Lin with solo and duet piano performances. Tiromoana, 41 Winifred St, Okitu, 2pm, $20A, $5Stu. Bookings: Gill ph 868 6443 or gillco@gisborne.net.nz

Witi’s Wahine (& Oct 6). A tribute to the women of writer Witi Ihimaera’s fictional and real worlds, with Mere Boynton, Roimata Fox, Ani-Piki Tuari, Ngapaki Moetara. Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert Street, 8pm. Tickets+Bfee; $25A & $20Snr, i-Site, 209 Grey St. ALL SHOWS SOLD OUT: iticket.co.nz

​Spring Bass. Massive outdoor sounds and DJs spinning in the lounge; Brazilbeat, Dizfunk, Djose and Yung Maac. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 10pm-2am, $5 door sales, R18.

Sunday, October 6

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club. 1.5-hour walk/run and a cuppa. 8am start. For meeting place: See Facebook or email gisbornerunnersandwalkers@gmail.com

Gas Guzzlers’ Breakfast. Everyone welcome to check out the cars on the Quay. / Check out classic or vintage cars, hotrods, bikes and projects. Behind the Courthouse on Reads Quay, 8.30-11am. Rain, hail or sunshine.

History on the MV Takitimu. Join local historians who explore seafaring and navigating history from the oldest operating pilot vessel in NZ. Pier 1 Inner Harbour (gate outside Tatapouri SFC), weather permitting, 9-10.30am & 11am-12.30pm, $10. For details/to register: eventfinda.co.nz

Waka Hourua Tairawhiti Excursion. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, discover how historic waka were built and sailed. Meet: Shed 3, The Esplanade, inner harbour (gate outside Bronwyn Kay Agency), 9-11am & 1-3pm, $75-$150. Register: https://www.wakavoyagers.com/sailing-experience

Tuia 250: Park and Ride; Kaiti & Elgin Bus Service. Get a free bus to inner harbour events from the Cenotaph, Esplanade every 15 mins from 9.30am-4pm, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tuia 250: Park and Ride; Wa165 Shuttle. Steam train shuttle rides to events at the wharf. Depart from the Railway Station, Grey St at 10am and on the hour, with last trip at 4pm and returning on the half hour from 10.30am, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tuia 250: Polynesian Vessels. Meet the crews of our visiting waka and va’a tipaerua in a fascinating programme of vessel tours, presentations and workshops. Inner Harbour, 10am-4pm, free. Register: tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tuia 250: Te Moananui Flotilla Open Day. Bring your family along for tours; meet the crews of visiting waka and va’a, workshops, entertainment and kai. Inner harbour, 10am-4pm, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Te Paepae o Tangaroa Oceans Symposium (to Oct 7). A range of internationally respected kaitiaki, scientists, voyagers and environmental leaders will challenge us to see the ocean in a different light. Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Whirikoka, 630 Childers Rd, 10am-5pm, $80-200+Bfee/two days. Registration: iticket.co.nz

Jolly Lifestyle Market. Live music, stalls, parking in the paddock. Jolly Stockman carpark, 3 Saleyards Rd, 11am-2pm, weather permitting.

Lions Express Train Rides. Take the kids for a train ride around the playground and lake. Start: near Gisborne Wainui Lions Junior Cycle Park, Centennial Marine Dr, 11am-3pm, $2.

Gisborne Country Music Club. Singers and musicians welcome. Blind Foundation Rooms, 39 Grey St, 1-4pm, $3, incl afternoon tea, ph Flo 867 7637 or flo.ross@xtra.co.nz

Native Voices: Ko Au, Ko Matau Exhibition (to Mar 15, 2020). A platform for indigenous dialogue through art; over 40 works by Maori artists. Tairawhiti Museum, 10 Stout St, Sun 1.30-4pm, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, locals free, visitors $5, ph 867 3832.

​Witi’s Wahine, 2pm & 5pm. See Oct 5.

The Irish Club. Join us if you possess a sense of humour and a passion for all things Irish. The Rivers, cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Quay, 4-6pm. For details ph Phil 867 3715.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail (to Oct 13). Family-friendly installation of light sculptures, artworks and performances from some of the region’s best-loved artists. Marina Park, 5-10pm, free, tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz

Under An East Coast Moon. A family-friendly concert with Dave Dobbyn, Anika Moa, Annie Crummer, Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha and Teeks. Gisborne Soundshell, Centennial Marine Dr, 7-8.30pm. Tickets+Bfee; $35A, $15 5-12s, $5 u/4s, iticket.co.nz

Monday, October 7

Tonui Collab: School Holiday Workshop. For ages 7-12: Oct 7, marine engineering; Oct 8, animation; Oct 9, game design; Oct 10, hacking the web and Oct 11, Sci-Friday; physics. Tonui Collab, Shed 3, 48 Esplanade, 9am-midday, $30/child/workshop. Register: tonuicollab.com

Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd. New players welcome and rackets available. Social Morning, 9-11.30am, $4, ph 867 2584.

Gisborne Contract Bridge Club. Supervised play for all players. 572 Gladstone Rd, 9.15-11.30am, $4, ph Jean 867 2383.

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana (to Oct 18). On October 12, 1769 a special gifting took place between rangatira Meke and Tupaia on the Endeavour. Come along and see these taonga. Rangiwaho Marae, 2840 Wharerata Rd, Bartletts, free, includes a return bus; departs from Gisborne i-Site, 209 Grey St at 9.30am (for a 10am start) & 1.30pm (for a 2pm start). Registrations essential: tuia250kituranga.nz/

Waikereru Ecosanctuary Wild Lab Tiaki Taiao Workshop. Outdoor education for ages 8-11, exploring and celebrating rare or endangered species. Waikereru Ecosanctuary, Riverside Rd, $10 cash-only door sales, incl bus transport at 9am (for 9.30am start) from Gisborne i-Site, 209 Grey St, returning at 2.30pm (back by 3pm). Bring: Outdoor footwear, clothing, sun hat, rain jacket, food and drink. Tickets: See eventfinda.co.nz

Tu te Whaihanga: Public Exhibition Opening. All welcome to come along and celebrate the upcoming return of 37 taonga on loan from overseas museums (to Oct 11, 2020). Tairawhiti Museum, 10 Stout St, 10am-1pm, free. Assemble: Kelvin Park, 10am for pohiri.

Te Paepae o Tangaroa Oceans Symposium, 10am-4pm. See Oct 6.

Navigators: School Holiday Workshop. A range of hands-on activities; naval explorers, their skills and instruments. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 11am-12.30pm, free.

Mahjong Club. Enjoy a friendly fellowship. Gisborne Town & Country Women’s Club, 42 Emily St, 1pm, ph 281 0187.

Manawa Moana Exhibition (daily to Oct 20). An evolution of artist George Nuku’s Bottled Ocean exhibition about the proliferation of plastic in the ocean and everyday life. War Memorial Theatre foyer, 159 Bright St, 10am-5pm, free.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

Hibernian Club Indoor Bowls. A roll-up for new or seasoned bowlers. Gisborne Intermediate Hall, 7pm, ph 867 6383.

Fun Dancing Gisborne. Beginners class and reviews for modern, sequence and social ballroom dancing. St Andrew’s Church Hall, 176 Cobden St, 7.30-10pm, $5, ph 867 0074.

Tuesday, October 8

Tuia 250 Flotilla Arrival. Pick a vantage point and take in the spectacle as the flotilla enters Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay, incl the HMB Endeavour replica, Spirit of NZ, R. Tucker Thompson, HMNZS Otago and Te Moananui. Vendors for a free breakfast and family-friendly activities will be along the Oneroa Walkway. Waikanae Beach to Midway Beach, 8-10am, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tonui Collab: School Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Oct 7.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Oct 5.

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana, 9.30am & 1.30pm. See Oct 7.

Stepping Stones: School Holiday Workshop. Learn about the history and archaeology of Polynesian navigation. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10.30-11.30am, free.

Over 50s Men’s Vets Golf. For any skill level. Poverty Bay Golf Club, cnr Awapuni & Lytton Rds, 11am. Details: ph Dave 867 4402 (opt 1), email Glenn at glennb355@gmail.com

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

Gisborne Choral Society: Shaky Places (& Oct 15). NZ poetry set to music. St Andrew’s Church, 176 Cobden St, 7.30pm, $10A, $5Ch/Stu, cash-only door sales.

​The Country Garden Club. For women interested in gardening or floral arranging. Waerenga a Hika Hall, 728 Matawai Rd, 7.30pm, $2. Details: Katrine ph 867 2427.

Wednesday, October 9

History on the MV Takitimu, 9-10.30am & 11am-12.30pm. See Oct 6.

Waka Hourua Tairawhiti Excursion, 9-11am & 1-3pm. See Oct 6.​

Tonui Collab: School Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Oct 7.

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana, 9.30am & 1.30pm. See Oct 7.

Tuia 250: Park and Ride; Kaiti and Elgin Bus Service, 9.30am-4pm. See Oct 6.

Tuia 250: Park and Ride; Wa165 Shuttle, 10am-4pm. See Oct 6.​

Tuia 250: Open Day. Bring your family to the inner harbour for workshops, storytelling, pacific voyaging, entertainment and kai, 10am-4pm, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tuia 250: Pacific Voyaging Education and Stardome. Learn about Pacific voyaging, navigation techniques and histories with the waka hourua Tahitian va’a tipaerua. Tonui Collab, Shed 3, 48 The Esplanade, all day at 30-minute sessions, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tuia 250: Full Flotilla. Hear the stories of these incredible vessels. Crews will host a range of workshops and presentations. Inner Harbour, 10am-4pm, free. Register: tuia250kituranga.nz/

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

SOLD OUT: The Bookbinder. A story of magic and mayhem with puppetry, shadow play and paper craft. Poverty Bay Club, Library Room, 38 Childers Rd, 5.30pm & 7.30pm.

SOLD OUT: Ka Hao: Te Tira Waiata. A young choral group perform gospel hits to waiata. Tokotoru Tapu Church, Manutuke, 7pm, $5+Bfee, iticket.co.nz

Henare. An inspiring story using waiata, korero, contemporary and traditional puoro to tell the story of one of Ngati Porou’s most prolific composers, Henare Waitoa. Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert St, 7-8.15pm. Tickets+Bfee; $25A, $20Snr, $10Ch, iticket.co.nz

Thursday, October 10

Bridge and Rummikub Club. Gisborne Town & Country Women’s Club, 42 Emily St, 9am, ph 281 0187.

Tonui Collab: School Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Oct 7.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Oct 5.

Casual Badminton Group. Come along for a game and to meet other players. Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd, 9.30am, $4. Details: Pascale at pascale.delos@gmail.com.

Waikereru Ecosanctuary Small Group Guided Tours. An hour-long walk, drive and talk with part-time curator Malcolm Rutherford and DoC ranger Graeme Atkins through the 1769 Garden, Longbush Reserve and figure-8 track. Waikereru Ecosanctuary, Riverside Rd, 9.30am-midday & 12.30-3pm. $10 cash-only door sales, incl bus transport at 9am & midday from Gisborne i-Site, 209 Grey St. Bring: Suitable footwear for gentle sloping garden/bush track. Details: See eventfinda.co.nz

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana, 9.30am & 1.30pm. See Oct 7.

First Encounters: School Holiday Workshop. Make your model after looking at HMB Endeavour and Waka Hourua. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 11am-12.30pm, free.

Sneak Peeks (& Oct 12). Every great idea starts somewhere. Join local voices, playwrights, songwriters and authors as they preview new works in development. Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Whakapaoupakihi, 630 Childers Rd, midday-2pm, koha appreciated for artists, https://tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz/events/sneak-peeks/

Mahjong Club, 1pm. See Oct 7.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

SOLD OUT: The Bookbinder, 5.30pm & 7.30pm. See Oct 9.

SOLD OUT: Ka Hao; Te Tira Waiata, Holy Trinity Church, 70 Derby St, 7pm. See Oct 9.

Gisborne Caledonian Society Practice Night. Modern, sequence and social dancing. St Mark's Church Hall, 776 Childers Rd, 7.30-9.30pm, $4.

Friday, October 11

Tonui Collab: School Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Oct 7.

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana, 9.30am & 1.30pm. See Oct 7.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

Ka Hao: Te Tira Waiata, St Mary's Church, Tikitiki, 5pm & 7pm. See Oct 9

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt. A dark, evocative, sharply witty and savagely brutal stage adaptation of Tusiata Avia’s poetry collection. Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert St, 7-8.15pm. Tickets+Bfee; $25A, $20Snr, iticket.co.nz

Anthonie Tonnon: A Synthesised Universe. Futuristic synthesiser-sampler/vintage electric guitar and an out-of-world visual experience. Dome Room, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 8-9pm, R18. Tickets+Bfee; $25A, $20 Snr, iticket.co.nz

Build-a-Band. Let’s jam. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 8-11pm, free entry, R18.​

Saturday, October 12

Gisborne Harbour Market, 8am-2pm. See Oct 5.

Gisborne parkrun, 7.45am. See Oct 5.

St Andrew’s Car Boot Sale. Plenty of bargains. Carpark behind St Andrew’s Church (access off Childers Rd), 8am-midday, $5/car.

Tairawhiti Coffin Club, 9am-midday. See Oct 5.

Tuia 250 Voyage: Uawa/Tolaga Bay. The flotilla will sail into the bay where the building and lighting of a beacon will guide the vessels into the cove. Assemble at Cooks Cove, Wharf Rd, Tolaga Bay for pohiri at 8.30am, or if sea/weather conditions are rough; the Tolaga Bay Wharf. Followed by korero and lunch at Hauiti Marae. See: tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Oct 5.

Gisborne Card-Making & Scrapbooking: Christmas Extravaganza. Come along and get crafting for Christmas. Emerald Hotel, 13 Gladstone Rd, 9.30am-3pm. To register ph/txt Karen 027 664 8010.

Sneak Peeks, Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert St, midday-2pm. See Oct 10.

TRAMPS. For all singers, musicians and poetry readers to come along and perform. The Band Room, 200 Childers Rd, 1.30-3.30pm, $3, ph John 868 9658.

Meremere (& Oct 13). Performed by critically acclaimed dancer, Rodney Bell. A human response to the ebbs and flows of fortune, the journey to inner strength and the call of home. War Memorial Theatre foyer, 159 Bright St, 2pm & 8pm. Tickets+Bfee; $25A, $20Snr, $15 12/u, iticket.co.nz

Ormond Tennis Club, 2-4pm. See Oct 5.

Heartland Championship Rugby, East Coast vs North Otago. Whakarua Park, Ruatoria, 2.30pm.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

ExNE: East by North East. Showcasing local artists; Miss Pou, Karuthers Brothers, DZT, Sit Down In Front, Clown’s Kiss, Superfly Killa and Uni-Fi. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 6pm, $10 door sales, R18.

The Walsh Brothers. Come along for a tribute to The Condors Maori Showband, Billy T James and Prince Tui Teka. Gisborne RSA, cnr Bright St & Childers Rd, 7pm. Tickets: $15 from the RSA during office hours; Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, ph 867 7455 or 868 5017.

Greg Copeland and Steve Gilles NZ Tour. Come along for dinner and/the show; acoustic blues, roots and soul. EastEnd Cafe and Bar, 250 Marine Parade, Wairoa, 7.30-10.30pm, $20 presales ph 06 838 6070, or $25 door sales on the night.

Sunday, October 13

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club, 8am start. See Oct 6.

Lions Express Train Rides, 11am-3pm. See Oct 6.

Rodney Bell: Movement Workshop. For all ages and abilities. Rodney specialises in working with people who live with a disability and will lead participants through a playful investigation of movement creation. Gisborne YMCA, Cnr Childers & Roebuck Rds, 11am–12.30pm, koha at the door. Register, limited places; email danz@danz.org.nz

Festival of Lights: Diwali. Come along for a diversity and including workshop, free food/sweets, cultural performances, bouncy castles and fun activities for all ages. Gisborne Girls’ High School, 11.30am-2.30pm, free.

Neil Smoker Live. Resident solo-musician will cover The Beatles, Clapton, Crowded House, blues and more. Peppers Beachfront, 40 Centennial Marine Drive, midday-2pm, free. Bookings essential: Ph 867 7696. Platters available.

SOLD OUT: All Aboard Wa165. Shuttle steam train ride in conjunction with Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival to Muriwai. Leaving the Railway Station, Grey St at 12.30pm and returning 2.30pm. Tickets+Bfee; $45A, $30Ch, $135Fam (2A and 2Ch), iticket.co.nz

Music for Intimate Spaces (& Oct 20). Chamber music in small and intimate spaces; C Company Memorial House, Wyllie Cottage and the SS Star of Canada, 10-14 Stout St, 2-4pm, free, tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz

First Meetings Korero: Historic Places Tairawhiti Annual Talkfest. Nine speakers, incl two senior school students and how their work contributes to a better understanding between Maori and Europeans. Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club, 280 Grey St, 2-5pm, $5 door-sales.

Greg Copeland and Steve Gilles NZ Tour. Come along for acoustic blues, roots and soul. Dome Room, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 3pm, $15+Bfee at eventfinda.co.nz or $20 cash-only door sales.

Meremere, 5pm. See Oct 12.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

All Roads Lead to Ngatapa. This work is part of the healing journey; to look deeper, reflect and understand. Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert St, 6pm, free/koha appreciated, tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz

Saturday, October 5

Gisborne Harbour Market. Come along for some bargains. Behind the Courthouse on Reads Quay, 7am set-up, start 8am, finish 2pm, $10 car/stall. Car/stall inquiries; Gisborne Host Lions Club: Charlotte 021 141 8754, Malcolm 027 568 9929.

Gisborne parkrun. A 5km run/walk. Meet: Waikanae Beach Playground, Grey St, 7.45am. Kid, dog and pram-friendly. See http://www.parkrun.co.nz/gisborne/

Poverty Bay Hunt Sports. Showjumping/hunter, RTR, cowboy challenge, pony/hack flat classes, novelty and intermediate sections. Back paddock A&P Showgrounds, Parker Lane entrance, 8.30am-4pm, spectators free. To enter: $2-$4/class, email pbhuntsports@gmail.com

Tuia 250: Te Moananui Arrival and Pohiri. Join Turanga iwi in a mass pohiri as they welcome the waka voyagers. Te Waiohiharore (The Cut) and Oneroa Walkway, beach end of Customhouse St to Midway Beach. Arrival; 9am-11am, pohiri; 11am-midday, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tairawhiti Coffin Club. Design your own personalised coffin; constructed by a joiner, fitted out and decorated by you. BCR Joinery, 522 Gladstone Rd, 9am-midday.

Tairawhiti Menzshed. Pop in for a cuppa, or work in a fully equipped workspace with woodwork/carpentry tools on community or personal projects. Tairawhiti Menzshed, cnr Parkinson & Innes St, 9am-3pm. Details: See Facebook, or ph/txt James 022 465 0396.

Good Folk Dance. Folk dance for fitness or fun. No experience, skill or partner required. St Andrew’s Church Hall, 176 Cobden St, midday-5pm, $5 cash-only door sales. Bring a plate of food to share.

Up, Up and Away! Manu Aute Kite Day. The Eastland Community Trust-sponsored family-friendly event, with a line-up of local and global talent, incl Anika Moa. Gisborne Soundshell, Centennial Marine Dr, midday-5pm, free, tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz

Tennis for players of all skill levels. Ormond Tennis Club, Hill Rd, Ormond, 2-4pm, ph 862 5741 or 862 5856.

Heartland Championship Rugby, Poverty Bay vs East Coast. Rugby Park, Gisborne, 2.30pm, $5A, kids free. $10 hangi.

Musica Viva Concert. Yen-Ting Wang and Tony Chen Lin with solo and duet piano performances. Tiromoana, 41 Winifred St, Okitu, 2pm, $20A, $5Stu. Bookings: Gill ph 868 6443 or gillco@gisborne.net.nz

Witi’s Wahine (& Oct 6). A tribute to the women of writer Witi Ihimaera’s fictional and real worlds, with Mere Boynton, Roimata Fox, Ani-Piki Tuari, Ngapaki Moetara. Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert Street, 8pm. Tickets+Bfee; $25A & $20Snr, i-Site, 209 Grey St. ALL SHOWS SOLD OUT: iticket.co.nz

​Spring Bass. Massive outdoor sounds and DJs spinning in the lounge; Brazilbeat, Dizfunk, Djose and Yung Maac. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 10pm-2am, $5 door sales, R18.

Sunday, October 6

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club. 1.5-hour walk/run and a cuppa. 8am start. For meeting place: See Facebook or email gisbornerunnersandwalkers@gmail.com

Gas Guzzlers’ Breakfast. Everyone welcome to check out the cars on the Quay. / Check out classic or vintage cars, hotrods, bikes and projects. Behind the Courthouse on Reads Quay, 8.30-11am. Rain, hail or sunshine.

History on the MV Takitimu. Join local historians who explore seafaring and navigating history from the oldest operating pilot vessel in NZ. Pier 1 Inner Harbour (gate outside Tatapouri SFC), weather permitting, 9-10.30am & 11am-12.30pm, $10. For details/to register: eventfinda.co.nz

Waka Hourua Tairawhiti Excursion. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, discover how historic waka were built and sailed. Meet: Shed 3, The Esplanade, inner harbour (gate outside Bronwyn Kay Agency), 9-11am & 1-3pm, $75-$150. Register: https://www.wakavoyagers.com/sailing-experience

Tuia 250: Park and Ride; Kaiti & Elgin Bus Service. Get a free bus to inner harbour events from the Cenotaph, Esplanade every 15 mins from 9.30am-4pm, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tuia 250: Park and Ride; Wa165 Shuttle. Steam train shuttle rides to events at the wharf. Depart from the Railway Station, Grey St at 10am and on the hour, with last trip at 4pm and returning on the half hour from 10.30am, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tuia 250: Polynesian Vessels. Meet the crews of our visiting waka and va’a tipaerua in a fascinating programme of vessel tours, presentations and workshops. Inner Harbour, 10am-4pm, free. Register: tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tuia 250: Te Moananui Flotilla Open Day. Bring your family along for tours; meet the crews of visiting waka and va’a, workshops, entertainment and kai. Inner harbour, 10am-4pm, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Te Paepae o Tangaroa Oceans Symposium (to Oct 7). A range of internationally respected kaitiaki, scientists, voyagers and environmental leaders will challenge us to see the ocean in a different light. Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Whirikoka, 630 Childers Rd, 10am-5pm, $80-200+Bfee/two days. Registration: iticket.co.nz

Jolly Lifestyle Market. Live music, stalls, parking in the paddock. Jolly Stockman carpark, 3 Saleyards Rd, 11am-2pm, weather permitting.

Lions Express Train Rides. Take the kids for a train ride around the playground and lake. Start: near Gisborne Wainui Lions Junior Cycle Park, Centennial Marine Dr, 11am-3pm, $2.

Gisborne Country Music Club. Singers and musicians welcome. Blind Foundation Rooms, 39 Grey St, 1-4pm, $3, incl afternoon tea, ph Flo 867 7637 or flo.ross@xtra.co.nz

Native Voices: Ko Au, Ko Matau Exhibition (to Mar 15, 2020). A platform for indigenous dialogue through art; over 40 works by Maori artists. Tairawhiti Museum, 10 Stout St, Sun 1.30-4pm, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, locals free, visitors $5, ph 867 3832.

​Witi’s Wahine, 2pm & 5pm. See Oct 5.

The Irish Club. Join us if you possess a sense of humour and a passion for all things Irish. The Rivers, cnr Gladstone Rd & Reads Quay, 4-6pm. For details ph Phil 867 3715.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail (to Oct 13). Family-friendly installation of light sculptures, artworks and performances from some of the region’s best-loved artists. Marina Park, 5-10pm, free, tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz

Under An East Coast Moon. A family-friendly concert with Dave Dobbyn, Anika Moa, Annie Crummer, Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha and Teeks. Gisborne Soundshell, Centennial Marine Dr, 7-8.30pm. Tickets+Bfee; $35A, $15 5-12s, $5 u/4s, iticket.co.nz

Monday, October 7

Tonui Collab: School Holiday Workshop. For ages 7-12: Oct 7, marine engineering; Oct 8, animation; Oct 9, game design; Oct 10, hacking the web and Oct 11, Sci-Friday; physics. Tonui Collab, Shed 3, 48 Esplanade, 9am-midday, $30/child/workshop. Register: tonuicollab.com

Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd. New players welcome and rackets available. Social Morning, 9-11.30am, $4, ph 867 2584.

Gisborne Contract Bridge Club. Supervised play for all players. 572 Gladstone Rd, 9.15-11.30am, $4, ph Jean 867 2383.

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana (to Oct 18). On October 12, 1769 a special gifting took place between rangatira Meke and Tupaia on the Endeavour. Come along and see these taonga. Rangiwaho Marae, 2840 Wharerata Rd, Bartletts, free, includes a return bus; departs from Gisborne i-Site, 209 Grey St at 9.30am (for a 10am start) & 1.30pm (for a 2pm start). Registrations essential: tuia250kituranga.nz/

Waikereru Ecosanctuary Wild Lab Tiaki Taiao Workshop. Outdoor education for ages 8-11, exploring and celebrating rare or endangered species. Waikereru Ecosanctuary, Riverside Rd, $10 cash-only door sales, incl bus transport at 9am (for 9.30am start) from Gisborne i-Site, 209 Grey St, returning at 2.30pm (back by 3pm). Bring: Outdoor footwear, clothing, sun hat, rain jacket, food and drink. Tickets: See eventfinda.co.nz

Tu te Whaihanga: Public Exhibition Opening. All welcome to come along and celebrate the upcoming return of 37 taonga on loan from overseas museums (to Oct 11, 2020). Tairawhiti Museum, 10 Stout St, 10am-1pm, free. Assemble: Kelvin Park, 10am for pohiri.

Te Paepae o Tangaroa Oceans Symposium, 10am-4pm. See Oct 6.

Navigators: School Holiday Workshop. A range of hands-on activities; naval explorers, their skills and instruments. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 11am-12.30pm, free.

Mahjong Club. Enjoy a friendly fellowship. Gisborne Town & Country Women’s Club, 42 Emily St, 1pm, ph 281 0187.

Manawa Moana Exhibition (daily to Oct 20). An evolution of artist George Nuku’s Bottled Ocean exhibition about the proliferation of plastic in the ocean and everyday life. War Memorial Theatre foyer, 159 Bright St, 10am-5pm, free.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

Hibernian Club Indoor Bowls. A roll-up for new or seasoned bowlers. Gisborne Intermediate Hall, 7pm, ph 867 6383.

Fun Dancing Gisborne. Beginners class and reviews for modern, sequence and social ballroom dancing. St Andrew’s Church Hall, 176 Cobden St, 7.30-10pm, $5, ph 867 0074.

Tuesday, October 8

Tuia 250 Flotilla Arrival. Pick a vantage point and take in the spectacle as the flotilla enters Turanganui a Kiwa/Poverty Bay, incl the HMB Endeavour replica, Spirit of NZ, R. Tucker Thompson, HMNZS Otago and Te Moananui. Vendors for a free breakfast and family-friendly activities will be along the Oneroa Walkway. Waikanae Beach to Midway Beach, 8-10am, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tonui Collab: School Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Oct 7.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Oct 5.

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana, 9.30am & 1.30pm. See Oct 7.

Stepping Stones: School Holiday Workshop. Learn about the history and archaeology of Polynesian navigation. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 10.30-11.30am, free.

Over 50s Men’s Vets Golf. For any skill level. Poverty Bay Golf Club, cnr Awapuni & Lytton Rds, 11am. Details: ph Dave 867 4402 (opt 1), email Glenn at glennb355@gmail.com

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

Gisborne Choral Society: Shaky Places (& Oct 15). NZ poetry set to music. St Andrew’s Church, 176 Cobden St, 7.30pm, $10A, $5Ch/Stu, cash-only door sales.

​The Country Garden Club. For women interested in gardening or floral arranging. Waerenga a Hika Hall, 728 Matawai Rd, 7.30pm, $2. Details: Katrine ph 867 2427.

Wednesday, October 9

History on the MV Takitimu, 9-10.30am & 11am-12.30pm. See Oct 6.

Waka Hourua Tairawhiti Excursion, 9-11am & 1-3pm. See Oct 6.​

Tonui Collab: School Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Oct 7.

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana, 9.30am & 1.30pm. See Oct 7.

Tuia 250: Park and Ride; Kaiti and Elgin Bus Service, 9.30am-4pm. See Oct 6.

Tuia 250: Park and Ride; Wa165 Shuttle, 10am-4pm. See Oct 6.​

Tuia 250: Open Day. Bring your family to the inner harbour for workshops, storytelling, pacific voyaging, entertainment and kai, 10am-4pm, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tuia 250: Pacific Voyaging Education and Stardome. Learn about Pacific voyaging, navigation techniques and histories with the waka hourua Tahitian va’a tipaerua. Tonui Collab, Shed 3, 48 The Esplanade, all day at 30-minute sessions, free, tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tuia 250: Full Flotilla. Hear the stories of these incredible vessels. Crews will host a range of workshops and presentations. Inner Harbour, 10am-4pm, free. Register: tuia250kituranga.nz/

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

SOLD OUT: The Bookbinder. A story of magic and mayhem with puppetry, shadow play and paper craft. Poverty Bay Club, Library Room, 38 Childers Rd, 5.30pm & 7.30pm.

SOLD OUT: Ka Hao: Te Tira Waiata. A young choral group perform gospel hits to waiata. Tokotoru Tapu Church, Manutuke, 7pm, $5+Bfee, iticket.co.nz

Henare. An inspiring story using waiata, korero, contemporary and traditional puoro to tell the story of one of Ngati Porou’s most prolific composers, Henare Waitoa. Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert St, 7-8.15pm. Tickets+Bfee; $25A, $20Snr, $10Ch, iticket.co.nz

Thursday, October 10

Bridge and Rummikub Club. Gisborne Town & Country Women’s Club, 42 Emily St, 9am, ph 281 0187.

Tonui Collab: School Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Oct 7.

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Oct 5.

Casual Badminton Group. Come along for a game and to meet other players. Badminton Centre, 134 Roebuck Rd, 9.30am, $4. Details: Pascale at pascale.delos@gmail.com.

Waikereru Ecosanctuary Small Group Guided Tours. An hour-long walk, drive and talk with part-time curator Malcolm Rutherford and DoC ranger Graeme Atkins through the 1769 Garden, Longbush Reserve and figure-8 track. Waikereru Ecosanctuary, Riverside Rd, 9.30am-midday & 12.30-3pm. $10 cash-only door sales, incl bus transport at 9am & midday from Gisborne i-Site, 209 Grey St. Bring: Suitable footwear for gentle sloping garden/bush track. Details: See eventfinda.co.nz

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana, 9.30am & 1.30pm. See Oct 7.

First Encounters: School Holiday Workshop. Make your model after looking at HMB Endeavour and Waka Hourua. HB Williams Memorial Library, 34 Bright St, 11am-12.30pm, free.

Sneak Peeks (& Oct 12). Every great idea starts somewhere. Join local voices, playwrights, songwriters and authors as they preview new works in development. Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Whakapaoupakihi, 630 Childers Rd, midday-2pm, koha appreciated for artists, https://tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz/events/sneak-peeks/

Mahjong Club, 1pm. See Oct 7.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

SOLD OUT: The Bookbinder, 5.30pm & 7.30pm. See Oct 9.

SOLD OUT: Ka Hao; Te Tira Waiata, Holy Trinity Church, 70 Derby St, 7pm. See Oct 9.

Gisborne Caledonian Society Practice Night. Modern, sequence and social dancing. St Mark's Church Hall, 776 Childers Rd, 7.30-9.30pm, $4.

Friday, October 11

Tonui Collab: School Holiday Workshop, 9am-midday. See Oct 7.

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana, 9.30am & 1.30pm. See Oct 7.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

Ka Hao: Te Tira Waiata, St Mary's Church, Tikitiki, 5pm & 7pm. See Oct 9

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt. A dark, evocative, sharply witty and savagely brutal stage adaptation of Tusiata Avia’s poetry collection. Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert St, 7-8.15pm. Tickets+Bfee; $25A, $20Snr, iticket.co.nz

Anthonie Tonnon: A Synthesised Universe. Futuristic synthesiser-sampler/vintage electric guitar and an out-of-world visual experience. Dome Room, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 8-9pm, R18. Tickets+Bfee; $25A, $20 Snr, iticket.co.nz

Build-a-Band. Let’s jam. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 8-11pm, free entry, R18.​

Saturday, October 12

Gisborne Harbour Market, 8am-2pm. See Oct 5.

Gisborne parkrun, 7.45am. See Oct 5.

St Andrew’s Car Boot Sale. Plenty of bargains. Carpark behind St Andrew’s Church (access off Childers Rd), 8am-midday, $5/car.

Tairawhiti Coffin Club, 9am-midday. See Oct 5.

Tuia 250 Voyage: Uawa/Tolaga Bay. The flotilla will sail into the bay where the building and lighting of a beacon will guide the vessels into the cove. Assemble at Cooks Cove, Wharf Rd, Tolaga Bay for pohiri at 8.30am, or if sea/weather conditions are rough; the Tolaga Bay Wharf. Followed by korero and lunch at Hauiti Marae. See: tuia250kituranga.nz/

Tairawhiti Menzshed, 9am-3pm. See Oct 5.

Gisborne Card-Making & Scrapbooking: Christmas Extravaganza. Come along and get crafting for Christmas. Emerald Hotel, 13 Gladstone Rd, 9.30am-3pm. To register ph/txt Karen 027 664 8010.

Sneak Peeks, Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert St, midday-2pm. See Oct 10.

TRAMPS. For all singers, musicians and poetry readers to come along and perform. The Band Room, 200 Childers Rd, 1.30-3.30pm, $3, ph John 868 9658.

Meremere (& Oct 13). Performed by critically acclaimed dancer, Rodney Bell. A human response to the ebbs and flows of fortune, the journey to inner strength and the call of home. War Memorial Theatre foyer, 159 Bright St, 2pm & 8pm. Tickets+Bfee; $25A, $20Snr, $15 12/u, iticket.co.nz

Ormond Tennis Club, 2-4pm. See Oct 5.

Heartland Championship Rugby, East Coast vs North Otago. Whakarua Park, Ruatoria, 2.30pm.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

ExNE: East by North East. Showcasing local artists; Miss Pou, Karuthers Brothers, DZT, Sit Down In Front, Clown’s Kiss, Superfly Killa and Uni-Fi. Smash Palace Bar, 24 Banks St, 6pm, $10 door sales, R18.

The Walsh Brothers. Come along for a tribute to The Condors Maori Showband, Billy T James and Prince Tui Teka. Gisborne RSA, cnr Bright St & Childers Rd, 7pm. Tickets: $15 from the RSA during office hours; Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, ph 867 7455 or 868 5017.

Greg Copeland and Steve Gilles NZ Tour. Come along for dinner and/the show; acoustic blues, roots and soul. EastEnd Cafe and Bar, 250 Marine Parade, Wairoa, 7.30-10.30pm, $20 presales ph 06 838 6070, or $25 door sales on the night.

Sunday, October 13

Gisborne Runners and Walkers Club, 8am start. See Oct 6.

Lions Express Train Rides, 11am-3pm. See Oct 6.

Rodney Bell: Movement Workshop. For all ages and abilities. Rodney specialises in working with people who live with a disability and will lead participants through a playful investigation of movement creation. Gisborne YMCA, Cnr Childers & Roebuck Rds, 11am–12.30pm, koha at the door. Register, limited places; email danz@danz.org.nz

Festival of Lights: Diwali. Come along for a diversity and including workshop, free food/sweets, cultural performances, bouncy castles and fun activities for all ages. Gisborne Girls’ High School, 11.30am-2.30pm, free.

Neil Smoker Live. Resident solo-musician will cover The Beatles, Clapton, Crowded House, blues and more. Peppers Beachfront, 40 Centennial Marine Drive, midday-2pm, free. Bookings essential: Ph 867 7696. Platters available.

SOLD OUT: All Aboard Wa165. Shuttle steam train ride in conjunction with Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival to Muriwai. Leaving the Railway Station, Grey St at 12.30pm and returning 2.30pm. Tickets+Bfee; $45A, $30Ch, $135Fam (2A and 2Ch), iticket.co.nz

Music for Intimate Spaces (& Oct 20). Chamber music in small and intimate spaces; C Company Memorial House, Wyllie Cottage and the SS Star of Canada, 10-14 Stout St, 2-4pm, free, tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz

First Meetings Korero: Historic Places Tairawhiti Annual Talkfest. Nine speakers, incl two senior school students and how their work contributes to a better understanding between Maori and Europeans. Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club, 280 Grey St, 2-5pm, $5 door-sales.

Greg Copeland and Steve Gilles NZ Tour. Come along for acoustic blues, roots and soul. Dome Room, PBC, 38 Childers Rd, 3pm, $15+Bfee at eventfinda.co.nz or $20 cash-only door sales.

Meremere, 5pm. See Oct 12.

Te Ara i Whiti: The Light Trail, 5-10pm. See Oct 6.

All Roads Lead to Ngatapa. This work is part of the healing journey; to look deeper, reflect and understand. Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert St, 6pm, free/koha appreciated, tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz

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